Spicy Wonton Noodle Recipe

I love wontons! Seeing those little happy clouds of pork and shrimp goodness floating way in savoury broth always puts a smile on my face. It wasn’t always so, though. During my picky, non-eating childhood, I didn’t like meat and the things I did eat I did in strange ways.  With wonton, I would use my spoon to methodically cut off all the wonton skins. Then I would eat them and leave the meat behind, making my mom unbelievably mad.

Luckily for me, my mom would always throw in the extra wonton skins into the pot for me to eat. I think she was just happy I was eating anything. Now I fear, I have the opposite problem: I eat everything. Not so with Mike though, before me he didn’t like wonton because he thinks wonton skins taste slimy in soup. So instead of wontons in soup we eat a lot of dry-tossed noodles with wonton.

Dry tossed noodles are basically any noodle that’s tossed with sauce and not in soup. There are tonnes of delicious variations out there, but I keep mine simple and spicy with sweet soy sauce and sliced red chilis.

Spicy Wonton Noodle Recipe

1/2 pound of ground pork
1/4 pound prawns, shelled, deveined and roughly chopped
1/8 cup wood ear fungus, re-hydrated in water and roughly chopped
1/8 cup sliced green onions
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste

Spicy Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 red chili, sliced

wonton wrappers
your favourite noodles
green onions for garnish

Mix together the ground pork, prawns, wood ear fungus, green onions, sesame oil, pepper and salt.
Take a wonton wrapper and place 1 tablespoon of the meat filling in the middle. Dab water on the wrapper to ensure it seals properly. Bring one corner of the wrapper to the other corner to form a triangle. Pleat to seal or you can put the filling in the middle and seal by bringing up all four corners and pinching the wrapper where it meets the filling.

Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat then add in your wonton. They will sink to the bottom of the pot. Agitate them so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot or each other. Once the wontons float to the top, add a cup of water bring the pot back up to a boil. Once the water is boiling again and the wontons are floating, they should be cooked. (Cut one open to check).

While the wontons are cooking, bring a pot of water to boil for your noodles. Cook them according to the package, drain and toss in the spicy soy sauce.

When the wonton are cooked, lift them out with a slotted spoon and toss them in the spicy soy sauce, garnish with green onions and serve with the noodles.

To deep fry the wontons, fill a deep pot with about 2 inches of frying oil (safflower, sunflower, canola) and heat it to 375˚F. Gently add wontons and fry in batches until golden brown and crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

10 Comments add yours

  1. I just don’t like filling all those wontons. They are delicious, but that is a lot of work.
    On the other hand, I just made a bunch of butternut squash ravioli filling wonton skins. Let me tell you, even a small butternut squash fills out a lot of wonton skins.

    I think filling ravoli would be way more work than wonton! Your butternut squash ravioli sound delicious!

    steph on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 am
  2. Yum Steph, these look and sound tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

    No problem! I’m sure you could work bacon into them somehow, by the way!

    steph on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:41 am
  3. I had this recently. Yes… you have inspired me to make some myself.

  4. I’m catching up after missing a few weeks and just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your non-Momofuku posts too! These recipes look wonderful and it’s clear that you’ve got a wide repertoire and skill set in your cooking. Or in short: More please!

    Thank you Deb!
    More is on it’s way!

    steph on May 6th, 2010 at 9:59 am
  5. do you have a recipe for the noodles you served underneathe the wontons? the whole meal looks so tasty!

    I used the same spicy sauce that I tossed the wontons in to toss the noodles, makes it easy!

    steph on May 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am
  6. could this be used in wonton soup or would it fall apart?

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